"You're So Vain"

Warnings/Disclaimers/etc: See Pt 1
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Donna whistled to herself as she searched for Josh's latest important file. This was turning out to be a good day. Except, of course, for her boss's persistent mood. What was *wrong* with him? C.J. and Sam had finally gotten together, making them both happy. So why couldn't Josh accept it?

She flounced back to the office with the file. "Here, Josh."

Josh took one look and pushed the folder aside. "Dammit, Donna, this is the wrong file."

"It is not. You said number 27-626-489. There's the number."

"I said 626-689."

"No you didn't."

"Just go get it!"

"Fine." Donna turned away, muttering under her breath about men who get too much power.

Unfortunately, Josh heard her. "Donna, you need to stop being a smartass."

"Since when have I ever *not* been a smartass?"

"I mean it, Donna," he snapped. "This has really not been my day."

"And why is that?" Donna couldn't stop herself. "Maybe because you've been an immature child to Sam and C.J.?"

"Donna!" Josh was on his feet. "I ought to fire you for that!"

"I apologise, Josh." She didn't sound the tiniest bit sorry, but she *did* want to keep her job.

Josh turned away. "Donna, that was low."

"Was it?" She couldn't look at him. "They're so happy together. Why can't you be happy for them?"

"Because it's just not right." Josh sighed. "I don't want to see either of them get hurt."

"How can you talk about them getting hurt?"

"Because they're just not right for each other."

Donna was incensed. "And you know this for a fact?" She turned away. "You're such a child!" An idea sprang to her head as she went back to her desk. "Mr. Lyman, you have a meeting with Leo in ten minutes."

Josh spun around in his tracks. "What did you call me?"

"What every secretary should call her boss. Sir." Donna knew it was a small victory, but they had always called each other by their first names. By using the honorific, Donna was erecting a small wall between them.

Indeed, even at that moment Josh's face contorted in a whine. "Donna!"

"Ms. Moss, please. Be professional, Mr. Lyman."

"Fine, I'll be professional," Josh said through clenched teeth. "You're fired."

"Whatever." Donna turned back to her typing, leaving Josh to storm out. The worst part was, and he admitted it to himself, he'd never fire her. Then he'd actually have to think about his schedule.

He stomped over to Leo's office for the meeting, letting himself in and muttering general imprecations against his secretary and meddling people. However, he didn't count on Leo's reaction.

Leo stared at his underling. "Josh, are you okay?"

"What? Oh, yeah, Leo, fine." Josh yanked his attention back from his best friends and recalcitrant secretary.

"All right." Leo shot Josh a strange look before continuing. "So, I'm thinking we talk to Congressman Kane about the harassment suit, before the press gets to him."

Josh laughed sardonically. "Harassment suits. See what happens when people go with interoffice romances?"

Leo tossed the papers down on his desk. "Josh." His tone was low and warning. "I don't know what the problem is, but it better get worked out quick." A terrible thought occurred to him. "Josh, please tell me Donna hasn't brought harassment charges against you."

Josh chuckled in spite of himself. "Jesus, Leo. No, I have no harassment suits pending against me." His voice turned bitter. "There's a couple people I know who are in an office romance. But I don't think it's right."

"Anyone I know?"

"That I couldn't tell ya." Josh reasoned that if C.J. and Sam hadn't threatened him, he would have been able to tell Leo. But as it was he didn't want any more of C.J.'s temper descending on his head.

"Well, hopefully it'll all work out." Leo wouldn't let it
drop. "This sounds like it's really affecting you, though."

"It is." Josh admitted it. "These people are close to me. I don't want them to get hurt."

Leo was philosophical. "Well, you can't do much about it."

"I guess not." Inwardly, however, Josh thought, *oh, can't I? Just watch me.* This thought sustained him as the meeting dragged on.

You're So Vain - 3

 

 

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